Full time: LAFC 1, Sounders 3. The visitors were the more clinical side on the night, and the non-existent officiating really set LAFC back. But whatever it was, it wasn’t enough, and LAFC’s season ends one game short of MLS Cup. Thanks for following, we’ll have more coverage of this game coming.
77th minute: Adrien Perez enters the game for Lee Nguyen. Buckle up, everyone’s got to work fast to get a couple goals here.
64th minute: Goal Sounders. Raul Ruidiaz pounces after a defensive miscue by LAFC and LAFC have a mountain to climb to extend their season, down 3-1.
53rd minute: Adama Diomande enters the game for Brian Rodriguez. Game seems to be perfect for Dio, let’s see if he can help turn the tide with LAFC down 2-1
Halftime: LAFC are down 2-1. Pretty even half between the teams, but two mistakes in defense put LAFC behind. Can they come back? They have 45 minutes to save the season.
44th minute: Latif Blessing has to come out of the game due to an injury, and Mark-Anthony Kaye gets into the playoffs in relief. Hopefully MAK is ready to go here.
26th minute: Goal Sounders. Nicolas Lodeiro coolly slots home the shot from outside the box to make it 2-1 to the visitors. LAFC now have to climb back into it.
22nd minute: Goal Sounders. Raul Ruidiaz buries the shot after do-see-doing Eddie Segura in the buildup. Game is level at 1-1 now.
17th minute: GOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Eduard Atuesta hits a direct free kick and gets it in past Stefan Frei cool as you like. Black-and-gold up earlyish here!
Walker Zimmerman is in the lineup for LAFC, Tristan Blackmon slides to right back, Steven Beitashour goes to the bench.
Seattle plays a full-strength lineup, more or less. Xavier Arreaga replaces Roman Torres, who is battling a hamstring strain.
Following a thrilling victory vs. the LA Galaxy, LAFC will look to continue its positive form against a strong Seattle side.
While LAFC’s attack was fluid and powerful against the Galaxy, a lackluster defensive performance prevented Bob Bradley’s squad from completely dominating the evening.
After conceding three goals to FC Dallas in the First Round, Seattle regained form in the Western Conference Semifinals. Brian Schmetzer’s side is coming off an impressive 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.
Against the Sounders, LAFC will need to improve defensively or trouble will ensue. The Sounders attack, led by Nico Lodeiro, Raul Ruidiaz and Jordan Morris, has been lethal thus far this postseason.
Bookmakers currently favor LAFC at (-235), while listing Seattle as (+575) underdogs. The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+385) (via Bovada).
How to Watch/Listen:
Tuesday’s Western Conference Final between LAFC and Seattle Sounders will be televised nationally by ESPN starting at 7:00 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
The game will also be carried by local radio affiliates ESPN 710 and KFWB 980.